Pleased to mention that yours truly, Diane Marie Amann (right), will serve as the commentator for this session, for which the Section now seeks papers from "new voices," defined as any person "submitting a paper in international human rights law and practice for the first time at an AALS conference;" a submitter need not "be new to academia or new to human rights."
With regard to the topic of the panel, organizers write:
'The first casualty of war may be truth, but the overwhelming majority of its victims are civilians who have nothing to do with the conflict. They are victims not only of war itself -- strategic bombings, terrorist attacks, accidents, famine and disease. Tens of millions more have died in the past century from intentional policies directed at civilians, often by their own governments – genocide, forced pregnancy, sterilization, enslavement, ethnic cleansing, and torture. And then there are the refugees and internally displaced persons, forced from their homes, trapped in squalor, and destabilizing international relations in Africa, Asia, and the Near East. The Geneva and Hague conventions on the law of armed conflict go only so far in protecting noncombatants, and some argue that they displace international human rights law when they do apply. This panel will examine the role of law – especially international human rights law, international criminal law, and international humanitarian law – in protecting civilians in times of armed conflict.'Full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools should e-mail submissions, in Word or PDF format, to Quinnipiac Law Professor William V. Dunlap, Section Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org with "AALS" in the subject line. Bill's the person to contact for any questions about the call. As to due date, Bill writes: "The absolute, drop-dead, final deadline to submit a paper is September 4, 2012."